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Scenes 1.6 and 1.7

Scene 1.6 - Outside Macbeth's castle
When Duncan and the others arrive at Inverness, the birds are singing and the air is sweet and inviting. Lady Macbeth enters to welcome everyone in. Duncan remarks that they tried to keep up with Macbeth but he rode too fast, probably because he was in a rush to get home to see his wife.

Scene 1.7 - A courtyard or anteroom in Macbeth's castle
When Macbeth ponders the matter of assassinating Duncan, he has doubts. If there were no consequences to his act, he would do it. But in so doing, he would ruin his afterlife, and furthermore justice will find a way to punish him during his life. Besides, Duncan has been such a virtuous ruler that the very heavens would object and come down to tell everyone who killed him. Macbeth concludes that his ambition is not worth all this trouble.
Lady Macbeth enters to push him on. Macbeth says that he won't murder Duncan because he feels honored enough as it is. Lady Macbeth calls him a coward and breaker of promises. Macbeth claims that he is a man. Lady Macbeth argues that he must prove his manhood to her by murdering Duncan because she would even murder her own baby if the situation were fit. Macbeth worries that they will be caught, but Lady Macbeth convinces him with her plan. Lady Macbeth will make Duncan's two guards so drunk that they won't be able to remember anything. Macbeth then proposes that he will use the guards' daggers, which will make them look even guiltier. And because they won't remember what they did because they were drunk, everyone will accuse them of assassinating Duncan. Macbeth and Lady Macbeth agree that they must act horrified in order for the plan to work.

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Historical Context
Main Characters
Points to Ponder
Did You Know
Plot Summary
Scenes 1.1 and 1.2
Scene 1.3 - An open place
Scenes 1.4 and 1.5
Scenes 1.6 and 1.7
Scenes 2.1 and 2.2
Scene 2.3 and 2.4
Scene 3.1
Scenes 3.2 and 3.3
Scene 3.4
Scenes 3.5 and 3.6
Scene 4.1
Scene 4.2
Scene 4.3
Scenes 5.1 and 5.2
Scenes 5.3 and 5.4
Scenes 5.5, 5.6, 5.7, and 5.8
Scenes 5.9, 5.10, and 5.11


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